Sunday, June 28, 2015

Bookmarks of Note (weekly)


Posted from Diigo. The rest of BackPorch Bookmarks group favorite links are here.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Ty & Truck's photographer caught me enjoying the performance at Oz on June 25 -> Check out the entire album HERE


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Le concours de danse d'Elite

Frank's Elite Jazz brings you another great event this Sunday, June 21st!
Le concours de danse d'Elite This Sunday June 21 9 pm - 12 am Frank's Elite will hold a couples dance contest for club members. Then from 11 pm to 12 am staff members will have an opportunity to enter the contest. Many prizes will be offered. Join Frank's Elite and enter! http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Franks%20Place%207/132/48/26


Bookmarks of Note (weekly)


Posted from Diigo. The rest of BackPorch Bookmarks group favorite links are here.

Friday, June 19, 2015


Frank's Elite C.U.T.S. Friday, June 19 at 8pm SLT will feature a tribute to SuperTramp, a British rockband featuring songs like, "Give a Little Bit", "Take the Long Way Home", and "Breakfast in America". This group was cofounded by Roger Hodgson, who wrote many of the songs and sang in the band as well. These take place at Frank's Elite Jazz Club just out back as the pool area becomes transformed. C.U.T.S. are a members exclusive event. http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Franks%20Place%207/114/208/29

Friday, June 5, 2015

Is that your final answer? EDUC 8845


Behavioral theorists view learning as an extrinsic event which can be observed and measured by others. This is the traditional learning theory in education, the one most researched, peer-reviewed, and most funded in the USA. It stems from the epistemological tradition of objectivism which assumes reality is an outwardly observable event. Melding the behaviorist theory with Driscoll’s definition of a learning theory as persistent change as a result of experience, one would get a theory of learning which involves an observable and persistent change.

Siemens considered metaphors that involved making connections from four educators. John Seely Brown saw educators as master artists or ateliers who worked with students in a learning studio. Clarence Fisher considered educators to be network administrators who enabled students to form their own learning networks. Curtis Bonk viewed the educator as a concierge who could invite students to partake of possible offerings. George himself thought of educators more like curators or expert learners who set up learning spaces for students.

Another possible metaphor is the conductor of a symphony orchestra, where each student is playing a different instrumental part (differentiation), learning the same basic concepts but using different paths. When one plays music, one constructs not only the physical sound, but the phrasing, the mood, and the emphasis of the notes. This is important in constructing the overall sound, or in this case, learning.
All these metaphors have to do with learners constructing knowledge. Behaviorism, however, has more to do with teachers writing on "tabulae rasae", sequences of substeps, and rewarding acceptable behavior while punishing unacceptable behavior.
Some educational applications of behaviorism in classrooms include contracts, rewards, punishments, reinforcements, and extinction plans. Those are the obvious ones, but should not any student act that has been learned through the student’s experience and is observable by someone else be included? This would include quizzes like those created at Quia, tests one can create with a tool like Surveymonkey, or recitations like those recorded on Podomatic. 
Those types of learnings are best explained by behaviorism in the digital age and are those that can be tested with one correct answer which is observable. In this way, learning is extrinsic and measurable.


Driscoll, M. P. (2005). Psychology of learning for instruction (3rd ed.). Boston: Pearson Education, Inc

Siemens, G. (2008, January 27). Learning and knowing in networks: Changing roles for educators and designers. Paper presented to ITFORUM. Retrieved from http://it.coe.uga.edu/itforum/Paper105/Siemens.pdf

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This is a reposting from a course taken during my doctoral journey at Walden. I now run at the end of that path............